Donna Ramsammy James,
Donna Ramsammy James is Guyanese who celebrates and in many ways, represents, the rich diversity of the Caribbean. Product of a rich racial mix; predominantly East Indian with Chinese and African roots, and a staunch Anglican, Donna was raised in a milieu of Arts and Culture. From age four, her parents enrolled her in ballet classes, thereby beginning what was to be a life of Choreography, Creativity and Cultural pursuits.
In later childhood and teenage years, Donna’s repertoire grew exponentially to include myriad dance forms; Interpretive, Modern, Creole and Kathak. She was a founder member, and later became lead female dancer and choreographer in the Guyana National Dance Theatre Company. She designed many of the costumes and related attire used by the Company. In that role Donna was part of the Guyana Contingent at Suriname’s Independence and at international culture and arts festivals in Guyana, Suriname, and Jamaica.
An artist to the core, Donna is fiercely committed to self-employment, a personal feature which has served her well as she lived and worked in some exotic parts of the world.
In 1978, she left for her homeland for Montserrat, where after six months, she co-founded along with Raymond Lawrence of Dominica, the National Dance Theatre Company of Montserrat; soon to become a vibrant group with many performances annually. Her only child, Gina, was born there in November 1981 a month before her husband, a Public Relations/Communications adviser to the Government, was transferred to Barbados. Barbados was her home 1981 December to 1986 December. There in addition to taking care of a family she parlayed her passion for dance and physical fitness into a role as a fitness instructor; one of the early practitioners of “dancercise”.